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Panel weighs election scenarios, allied material groups’ critical mass

The Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association sampled the current Washington, D.C. and overall market climate as part of a National Industry Leadership panel, staged last month at the Gaylord Texan resort near Dallas during the group’s 65th annual meeting.

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Top health hazards in construction: Dust, heat, material handling, noise

A guidance booklet from the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Construction Committee highlights the significant impact that four workplace hazards have on employees and employers, along with practical steps that can be taken to control exposure:

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Federal agencies increase their hand in water infrastructure

The federal government’s role in water supply and wastewater treatment infrastructure is taking on greater importance than in the past as municipalities are challenged to keep pace with the aging of more than 70,000 systems and 3 million miles of underground pipe networks. With overall public spending on water utilities declining year-over-year in five of the last 10 years, core federal programs are proving to be more critical in addressing urban and rural treatment system or network investment needs, according to a new report from Bluefield Research.

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Operator marks Infrastructure Week with $555M commitment

Bryn Mawr, Pa.-based Aqua America Inc. recognized the seventh annual Infrastructure Week (May 5-12) by helping raise awareness of the critical state of infrastructure across the United States. A leading contributor to water and wastewater infrastructure repair and replacement, Aqua plans to invest more than $500 million this year across eight states to improve systems.

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Justice Antitrust Division advances investigation, enforcement framework

From the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division In a move that might inform regulatory review of future mergers or acquisitions involving multinational construction materials producers and North American targets, the International Competition Network (ICN) Steering Group has unanimously approved a multilateral framework on procedures among antitrust enforcement agencies globally to promote fundamental due process in competition law investigation and enforcement. The framework is based on the principles of the Antitrust Division’s Multilateral Framework on Procedures (MFP), an initiative that was originally announced by Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim at the Council of Foreign Relations in June 2018.

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